Snow-mageddon is upon us, and we hope you stocked up on water, flashlights, medicines, guacamole and other essential items. We all know that Upper West Siders love to hoard food when bad weather approaches. (In all seriousness, here’s what the city says should be in your Go Bag and Emergency Supply Kit.)
UPDATE, Monday at 1 p.m.: Schools will be closed Tuesday and subway service will be limited after 7 p.m. Monday. And all non-emergency vehicles have to be off the roads as of 11 p.m.
The snowstorm is expected to start around midday Monday and could dump up to three feet of snow on the city, and winds could hit 65 mph. So try to stay inside once things get going.
Here are a few things to keep in mind (the info below is from early Monday morning and may have since been updated):
- Everyone is excited to finally get to use those sleds but the Parks Departments is urging caution: “NYC Parks advises New Yorkers to avoid using parks until Wednesday morning, when we will provide an update on park conditions.” Tree limbs can break in bad weather, among other hazards.
- The governor made a statement indicating that buses and subways could be shut down before the evening rush hour on Monday. We’ll have to await more info on Monday, but one possible scenario is that subway and bus service does get curtailed — but not completely stopped once the weather starts getting rough, according to transit blog Second Avenue Sagas. “In all likelihood, then, as the snow begins to fall around 1 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, the MTA will look to curtail service. Trains will be stored on underground express tracks, and all express service is likely to run local. At-grade subway lines — such as the A through the Rockaways and the N down the Sea Beach Line — are likely to be curtailed while the trains that don’t run 24 hours — the M and the B — will stop early. Now, that’s not official, but that’s been the general approach to major snowstorms.”
- Public schools are set to be open on Monday, but “all after-school activities, PSAL, adult ed, field trips canceled on 1/26. Regents exams as scheduled.” There’s a good chance schools will be closed Tuesday.
- The Times has a good page to update people on the status of city services.
- If you do get outside, send us your photos at westsiderag at gmail.com. We love putting together Upper West Side snow photo galleries!